CPS statement on election expenses – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nick Vamos, CPS Head of Special Crime, said: “We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates’ expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th May 2017

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Tory election spending: CPS announces it will not charge Conservative candidates amid campaign spending allegations – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2017 in elections, evidence, expenses, news, political parties, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has announced it will make no charges against Conservative candidates who were alleged to have broken election spending rules.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2017

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Home Office scraps ‘insufficient evidence’ notification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Suspects in criminal investigations will no longer be told by police they do not face any charges because of “insufficient evidence” the government has announced. It was responding to concerns that the phrase would cause an individual’s innocence to be questioned by the public and the media.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2017

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Court of Appeal warns judges against interrupting witness evidence too much – Litigation Futures

‘The Chancellor of the High Court has urged judges to “temper eagerness with restraint” in the way they conduct trials, after a circuit judge was found to have made excessive interventions while witnesses were giving evidence.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th April 2017

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Thousands of domestic violence victims withdrawing from legal action after Government cuts, figures reveal – The Independent

‘More than 160,000 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against their abusers in 2016, a number that rocketed by almost 40 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, exclusive figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2017

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Parents film children to win custody battles in bitter divorce cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2017 in children, custody, divorce, evidence, news, video recordings by sally

‘Desperate parents are increasingly resorting to filming or recording their children in an attempt to win custody in bitter divorce cases, lawyers have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2017

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Judge rules ‘paedophile hunters’ can continue posing as children online – The Guardian

‘Self-described “paedophile hunters” have welcomed a court ruling that will allow them to continue to pose as children online to catch sexual predators.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2017

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Rule committee backs moves to increase take-up of expert ‘hot-tubbing’ – Litigation Futures

‘Expert witnesses giving concurrent evidence – or ‘hot-tubbing’ – should be the default position in the Mercantile Court and Technology and Construction Court (TCC), the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th April 2017

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Jeremy Bamber still waits for the evidence that might clear his name – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2017 in complaints, disclosure, evidence, news, police by sally

‘Thirty years on, Essex police continue to withhold crucial material related to one of Britain’s most infamous criminal cases.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2017

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Benjamin King inquest: ‘Insufficient evidence’ against hospital – BBC News

‘Claims that evidence at an inquest into a baby’s death was deliberately falsified will not be pursued by police due to insufficient evidence.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2017

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‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge anyone over baby’s death at vicarage – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2017 in birth, child neglect, children, clergy, conspiracy, evidence, inquests, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2017

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Police body-worn video leads to domestic abuse conviction – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Police body-worn video evidence has been used to prosecute a man who assaulted a woman and a boy.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th March 2017

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Police destroyed key evidence in new Hatton Garden case because of time limit rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in evidence, news, police, time limits, video recordings by tracey

‘Police destroyed more than 200 hours of CCTV footage which could have been used as key evidence to try a Hatton Garden burglar for his part in another high-end raid because of time limit rules, a court was told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2017

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Lawyer criticises child abuse inquiry for not safeguarding evidence – The Guardian

‘The national child abuse inquiry has been criticised by a prominent lawyer representing victims for failing to seize potentially vital caches of evidence before they are destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2017

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Domestic violence evidence requirement removed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 28th, 2017 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, time limits, victims by tracey

‘The Law Society has welcomed the government’s decision to remove a time limit for evidence that will make it easier for domestic violence victims to qualify for legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th February 2017

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First case dropped since forensic science blunders as CPS says it cannot proceed against drug driver following intervention from ‘Mr Loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, drug offences, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

‘The first case linked to allegations of a forensic science blunder has been dropped after the CPS said it cannot proceed against a drug driver.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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Proving Propensity via Allegations of Bad Character – 2 Hare Court

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, bad character, evidence, jury directions, murder, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The approach to contested non-conviction bad character evidence has changed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of R v Mitchell [2016] UKSC 55.’

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2 Hare Court, 5th January 2017

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Expert witnesses: science friction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Experts and their evidence are under hostile scrutiny amid fears over a decline in standards, reports Grania Langdon-Down.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

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Carl Bridgewater: Police review of evidence ‘coming in March’ – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2017 in evidence, murder, news, police by sally

‘The findings of a review of evidence in the unsolved 1978 murder of paperboy Carl Bridgewater will be revealed in March, police say.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2017

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Court of Appeal criticises expert who failed to disclose “close connection” with defendant – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in disclosure, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news by sally

‘A medical expert who failed to disclose that he had trained the defendant on whose behalf he was giving evidence and that they had “worked together closely for a substantial period” has been criticised by the Court of Appeal’

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2017

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